Home

Venezuela Hit With ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory By State Department

By Sharelle Burt

Share

Things just got worse for travelers heading to Venezuela.

The State Department has issued a level four travel advisory, warning travelers not to go to the South American country. The political and economic crisis in Venezuela has prompted the warning after the Trump administration pushed for President Nicolas Maduro to be removed and instead recognize Juan Guaido, head of Venezuela’s opposition-led National Assembly, as the country’s interim president.

The United States government is limited in assisting Americans who go over there against the advisory, citing “crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.”

RELATED: What Do U.S. Travel Advisories Really Mean? 

Starting at a level three advisory last week, the State Department raised the warning to level four given the severity of the situation, noting that violent crime is common, food and medical shortages are severe and random demonstrations “typically elicit a strong police and security force response.” This level places Venezuela in the same category as North Korea and Syria.

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet warned Friday that the situation in Venezuela could very easily “spiral out of control with catastrophic consequences.”

Many anti-Maduro protesters have taken over the streets, engaging in violence amid the government crackdown. The United Nations has reported that at least 20 people have been killed, allegedly shot by Maduro-controlled security officers or other pro-government forces. Officials even had to clear out the U.S. embassy in Caracas, except for essential staff. Venezuela is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that is on the State Department’s “Do Not Travel” list, even though there are parts of Mexico where drug cartels and criminal gangs are highly active and have been designated at Level 4.

Updating advisories is something that the State Department does on the regular, informing U.S. citizens on the travel conditions outside of state lines, ranging from level one, or “exercise normal precautions” to level four, or “do not travel.”

Share
Travel Noire

Sharelle Burt

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

New Smartphone App Highlights Black-Owned Businesses In Milwaukee

New Smartphone App Highlights Black-Owned Businesses In Milwaukee

There’s a new app that is helping users find black-owned businesses in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s called MKE and it is dedicated to providing a one-stop-shop for locals and tourists. The information provided on the app is a list of black businesses to support for dining, shopping, culture, resources, and more. Longtime friends and Milwaukee-natives Rick […]

Parker Diakite

Health Officials Brace For Coronavirus In Africa

Health Officials Brace For Coronavirus In Africa

With more than 70,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and over 1,800 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern due to the lack of scientific knowledge about the virus as well as increasing preparation in vulnerable countries. 29 countries have reported cases, including in Egypt – the first […]

Parker Diakite

These Are The 5 Things You Need To Know About Flying With Marijuana

These Are The 5 Things You Need To Know About Flying With Marijuana

The way society views marijuana is slowly but surely changing, with some states making possessing and using pot legal.  According to The Washington Post, there are currently 11 states, DC, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands that have legalized recreational marijuana. In addition, 33 states and DC have legalized the medical use of marijuana. There […]

Kelsey Marie